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iiS.T. Game 33. Yanks lose to Nats, 8-2.


CC Sabathia says he is thisclose to being ready. I want to believe him.

He gave up 3 runs in the first inning today, then settled down. Granted, veterans know what they want to work on to prepare themselves for the season. CC is a veteran, and will be 35 in July. He knows what he wants to do.

But …. CC had a mediocre 2013. He missed most of 2014 with a knee operation (he says he feels fine). But he has not been CC since 2012.

His 2015 spring training record?  0-3, 8.10. He, along with guys like Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira, are my biggest concerns for 2015.

Why? Because I believe these guys are finished. Cooked. I hope I am wrong. 

Really. I hope I am wrong. But here is my challenge to them. PROVE I AM WRONG.

The Yanks lost to Washington today, 8-2.

CC gave up 3 in the first. After a good spring, Andrew Bailey, who I believe will help the Yanks down the road, had a hiccup today. Bailey has been good coming off his injury, but hasn’t gone back-to-back games yet. He is staying in Tampa to build up a bit more.

The pitching line:

CC 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 3 K.  0-3, 8.10 this spring, hence my concern.

Pinder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Andrew Bailey, 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 2 K.

Nick Goody 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Danny Burawa 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

Chasen Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Cesar Vargas 1 Ip, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Brett Gardner, besides CC, worries me. Gardner hit just .161 this spring and struck out something like 15x in 40 at bats.

McCann only hit .227 this spring after .232 last season.

Headley was 2 for 2 with an RBI. .321 this spring, and has been the best regular by far.

Rob  Refsnyder was 1 for 1 with an RBI today. .372 average, but six errors this spring. The former OF (converted to 2B) can hit, but the defense needs improving. Still….

Girardi was very impressed with some youngsters who may not  contribute now but in the future (I, personally, am looking at 2020 as a big year for the Yankees)… Greg Bird at 1B, Gary Sanchez C, Rob Refsnyder at 2B, Slade Heathcott in the OF (replacing Brett Gardner? They are similar type players), Luis Severino in the rotation, and Nick Rumbelow and Jacob Lindgren in the bullpen. Not to mention Jose Pirela as a utility man. They are all very close. Then again, Chase Whitley had a good spring, as well as prospect Jaron Long.

But they are the future. The present means the Yanks may be looking at a .500 season. The NY Post predicted 78-84, the first losing season since 1992. Las Vegas has an over-under line at .500.

My thoughts.

Worries: Tanaka’s elbow. CC. The offense, esp. if Beltran/Teix are 3-4.

I believe Pineda will have a great year and that Gregorious, if he just hits .260, will be an exciting player.

I believe the next Yankees good run will NOT happen until A-Rod, Beltran, Teix, CC are gone. It won’t happen until (we hope) Judge, Sanchez, Bird, Refsnyder, Heathcott, Williams (Mason), Severino, Lindgren, Rumbelow, Jaron Long, etc. establish themselves, which won’t be for a while. I am looking at 2020.

What I am saying is this… the next Yankees era of brilliance (and we hope it is soon) will happen with a NEW CORE OF PLAYERS.

The Yanks are 16-16-1 for the spring. They are now out of FL, and will play the Nationals Saturday in Washington in an exhibition game. They are then off on Easter Sunday.

The season starts Monday afternoon at the Stadium. Tanaka vs. the Blue Jays.

S.T. Game 24. Tanaka set for the opener, but so-so today as Mets win 7-2.


Masahiro Tanaka is set for the Opening Day start at the Stadium on April 6, but he was just so-so today as the Yanks lost 7-2 to the Mets (Wednesday).

As I am watching spring training progress, I see some things that make me wonder. It’s far too early to predict things, but no team has everyone on sync at the same time. You have slumps and people that get hot. Here are some thoughts so far.

Players it seems would be good this year: Pineda, Headley.

Players I wonder about: CC, A-Rod, Beltran, Gardner (he’s had a poor spring), Drew, Betances (has been struggling).

A player I think will do better than expected: A-Rod.

Players to watch: Judge, Pirela and Refsnyder if Beltran, Drew, show that they are done.

A golden nugget that could surprise and be a steal: Andrew Bailey.

Chase Headley was 2 for 3 with an RBI today.

The pitching line

Tanaka 4 2/3, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 walk, 7 K.

Betances 1/3, 1 R 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

Miller 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Justin Wilson 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0k.

Bailey, 1 IP,  0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K.

Whitley 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Carpenter 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.


S.T. Game 21. Pirela hurt in Yankees’ 6-0 loss to the Mets.



On the third pitch of the game, CF Jose Pirela, trying to make the team as a utility man,  was injured trying to catch a long drive by CF Juan Lagares of the Mets. Pirela hit the wall and went down. Legares wound up with an inside-the-park HR. Pirela was later taken to the hospital in an ambulance and is reported to have suffered a concussion.

Pirela, 25, a righty bat, went 8 for 24 with one double, two triples. and 3 RBI in a short stint with the Yanks at the end of last year. He hit .305-10-60 with 15 SB for AAA SWB.

Although he is a utility man and the Yanks were trying him out in CF today, he had only played six games in CF in his minor league career. He had played 300 games at 2B, 364 at SS. 64 games were in LF, 12 at 3B, 12 at 1B, just 6 in CF and 13 in RF. Perhaps that lack of experience led to him hitting the wall and getting hurt. There is no timetable yet on a return.

So far, I have liked the Yanks’ pitching and have concerns about the offense. I think the bullpen could really be a strength.

But one person I am very concerned about is CC Sabathia. Even before the knee surgery that cost him most of the 2014 season, CC was showing signs of serious slippage. In two spring starts this year, he hasn’t done anything to make me rest easy.

Besides the inside-the-park HR mentioned above, CC gave up two other home runs today. In 4 2/3 spring training innings, he has given up six runs. I know it’s just spring training, but really, right now there is no way I would rank him above Tanaka, Pineda or even Eovaldi right now. I’d say #4… at best, and maybe even #5 behind Warren.

The Yanks’ offense managed just three hits today.

The one plus today was the pitching of Scott Baker, trying to come back from injury himself. Don’t take him out of the mix just yet. However Chasen Shreve may have taken himself out of the bullpen mix.

Sabathia 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 4 K. He gave up 3 HR.

Martin 1/3 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Baker 4 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Shreve 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K. He gave up a HR.

The Yanks fall to 12-8-1 for the spring.


S.T. Game 19. Warren & Whitley make statements in Yanks’ 11-2 win.



Adam Warren and Chase Whitley both made statements today as far as the 5th starter job and a long relief job for the Yanks in their 11-2 win on Friday.

Warren pitched 5 innings and gave up just one run. Whitley pitched 3 scoreless innings in relief. While Whitley is still being considered for the fifth starter spot, it is more likely that after today, Warren gained the foothold on fifth starter, and Whitley a foothold on long man out of the bullpen (with Esmiel Rogers, who didn’t fare as well Thursday, being another long man option).

The Yanks scored six in the first inning. Gardner tripled to lead off and then Brendan Ryan, in his first S.T. AB after battling a back injury, doubled. Brian McCann singled in a run, Jose Pirela doubled in two and later Rob Refsnyder hit a 2-run HR. 6-0 Yanks before Adam Warren took the mound.

Later in the game, A-Rod hit a solo shot, his 2nd HR of the spring.

Warren 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Chris Martin 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Whitley 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

The Yanks are now 11-7-1 for the spring.


S.T. Game 16. Yanks lose to Toronto, 4-2.


In order for the Yanks to compete this year, CC Sabathia has to get somewhere close to being the old CC Sabathia rather than an old CC Sabathia. He needs to be the pre-2013 CC.

In his first spring start, CC was ok for 1 2/3, but had trouble getting that final out in the second as the Yanks lost 4-2.

Mark Teixiera (who also needs to get back to what he once was) had a solo HR.

Jose Pirela continued to make his statement for making the team by hitting a triple. Chris Young had two hits.

The pitching line:

CC Sabathia 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Dellin Betances 1 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Justin Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Kyle Davies 1 IP, 1 R (unearned), 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K.

Domingo German 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Chris Martin 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H,  0 walk and 3 K.

Jared Burton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

The Yanks are 9-6-1 for the spring.

S.T. Game 10. Boston beats Yanks 10-6; A-Rod HRs, Capuano hurt.

Well, a projected Yankee starter got hurt and most likely won’t be ready on Opening Day, and it isn’t who you may think.

Tanaka (elbow)? Nope. Pineda (shoulder)? Nope. CC (knee)? Nope.

It’s Capuano, who, two batters into today’s (Wednesday) game vs. Boston, strained a quad muscle.

It opens the door for Adam Warren, Esmiel Rogers, Chase Whitley, Brian Mitchell or maybe a rehab project like Scott Baker or a prospect like Luis Severino (both doubtful) to be the #5 starter, unless the Yanks make a deal.

Meanwhile the Yanks lost to Boston 10-6, spoiling an A-Rod HR (his first, although it doesn’t count, since 9/20/13). Slade Heathcott also HR’d for the Yanks. Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran had RBIs and the red-hot Jose Pirela, trying to make the team as a utility man, was two for two.

Rob Refsnyder continued to show he needs work on his defense, making his third error of the spring.

Capuano 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Removed after two batters because of the injury.
Rumbelow 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Miller 1 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K. He gave up a HR.
Bryan Mitchell 2 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 2 K. Not long after Capuano’s injury opened a door for Mitchell, he had a bad outing. Might he have seen opportunity knocking and tried to hard to impress right away?
Burton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Webb 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K
Martin 1 IP, 3 R (2 ER) 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Moreno 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks and 1 K.



S.T. Game 8. Yanks edge Rays 4-3.

Today was a very interesting day as the Yanks beat the Rays 4-3 to improve their spring training record to 5-2-1. First off, let’s start with the lineup, since it looked like an Opening Day lineup. The only problem is 8-9-1-2 are all lefty, which could create matchup problems. Ellsbury CF (L) Gardner LF (L) Beltran RF (S) Teixeira 1B (S) McCann C (L) Headley 3b (S) A-Rod DH (R) Drew 2B  (L) Gregorious SS (L) Pineda was the starter. The Yanks scored two in the second on an A-Rod single and a Gregorious groundout. Slade Heathcott drove in the third Yankees run with a single in the seventh, and he scored on a Greg Bird (.500) double. A-Rod was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Heathcott is 4 for 5 for the spring. It is interesting. Most scouts are higher on Pirela than Refsnyder. Refsnyder went 1 for 2 today (.500 for the spring) but scouts have questions on Refsnyder’s D (2 errors so far) while they like Pirela’s versatility. These same scouts are not sold on Stephen Drew at 2B. The pitching line. Both Pineda and Eovaldi looked good. Pineda 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. Eovaldi 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 5 K. David Carpenter 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. Justin Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Diego Moreno 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. Chris Martin 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. Martin is opening some eyes. Andrew Bailey looks good. This relief corps could be very good and have a lot of depth. Outside of Moreno, the pitching did well today. 12 K. Meanwhile, A-Rod has lots of praise for Judge and Bird.